OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Jaylon Ferguson died at the age of 26, the team announced Wednesday.
No cause of death was given.
“We are profoundly saddened by the tragic passing of Jaylon Ferguson,” the team said in a statement. “He was a kind, respectful young man with a big smile and an infectious personality. We express our heartfelt condolences to Jaylon’s family and friends as we mourn a life lost much too soon.”
Ferguson, the third-round pick by the Ravens in 2019, had participated in all of the team’s offseason practices this year. In three seasons, Ferguson totaled 67 tackles and 4.5 sacks.
Known as “Sack Daddy” coming out of Louisiana Tech, he holds the FBS record for career sacks with 45.
“He was a wonderful young man full of love and life,” Ferguson’s agent, Safarrah Lawson, said in a statement. “He will be remembered not just as a football player, but as a great father, son, brother and friend. The family asks for your continued prayers.”